The Cavell Nurses’ Trust has launched a campaign encouraging people to think about UK nurses who are living with fuel poverty.
On average, it costs £3 per day to heat a medium sized home and the charity’s new Safe & Warm campaign is highlighting the plight of nurses struggling with fuel poverty by asking the public to donate at least £3 so it can provide more financial support.
In the last year, the charity has helped over 1,300 nurses keep warm, with one third of its grants having either paid for repairs to faulty heating systems or contributed towards heating the homes.
John Orchard, chief executive of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, said: “With around 30% of our grants going towards nurses’ heating costs, there is a definite need to help nurses out of fuel poverty.
“We think the Safe & Warm campaign has a simple message and really hope we can make more nurses safe and warm this winter,” he said.
The charity gives welfare support to nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and students experiencing financial or personal hardship, often because of illness, domestic abuse, disability, working poverty and older age.
Anyone interested in donating can text WARM to 70700 or visit the charity’s website.